Dr. Mike Yukish
Dr. Michael Yukish is the Head of the Manufacturing Product and Process Design Department at Applied Research Laboratory of The Pennsylvania State University. The focus of his research at ARL is in the areas of multidisciplinary design optimization, simulation based design, and conceptual trade space exploration for complex systems.
Dr. Yukish received a B.S. in Physics from Old Dominion University in 1983, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University in 1997 and 2004 respectively.
From 1985 to 1992 Dr.Yukish served on active duty in the United States Navy as a Naval Aviator. He has over 1800 flight hours in the E-2C Hawkeye and the T-2C Buckeye. He is now a Commander in the US Naval Reserve, supporting the Naval Air Systems Command as an Aviation Engineering Duty Officer.
Dr. Timothy Simpson
Dr. Timothy W. Simpson is a Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and Engineering Design at the Pennsylvania State University. He received his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech in 1998 and 1995, and his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University in 1994. He is the Director of the Learning Factory (http://www.lf.psu.edu) and the Product Realization Minor at Penn State. His research interests include visualization methods to support complex systems design, product family and product platform design, and product dissection. He is a member of ASME, AIAA, ASEE, and SAE and is an elected member of the ASME Design Automation Executive Committee and the AIAA Multidisciplinary Design Optimization (MDO) Technical Committee.
Dr. David Spencer
Dr. Spencer brings a long background of optimization as applied to aerospace systems. He and his students have applied evolutionary algorithms to such traditional optimization problems as trajectory optimization, satellite constellation design, and satellite targeting and rendezvous. He is leading the effort to apply trade space exploration to design of complex dynamical aerospace systems.
Gary M. Stump is a Research Assistant in the Product and Process Design Department at ARL Penn State. He has been employed as a Research Assistant at ARL since 2003. Mr. Stump received a B.S in Mechanical Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University in 2000, and an M. S. in Mechanical Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University in 2004. His research interests include data visualization, virtual reality, and simulation based design.
Sara E. Lego is a Research Assistant in the Product and Process Design Department at ARL Penn State. Mrs. Lego received a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University in 2001, and an M.S. in Astrodynamics from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2004. Her research interests include conceptual satellite design, spacecraft mission operations, virtual reality, and system-of-systems modeling.
John O'Hara is an Associate Research Engineer in the Synthetic Environment Applications Laboratory (SEALab) at Penn State ARL. In addition to ATSV, he has worked on a number of data visualization projects, including network visualization software and CAVE application software. He received a BS in Computer Science and a BS in Mathematics from Penn State University. His current research interests include large scale data visualization, social network mapping, and immersive visualization applications.
Chris Congdon is a Ph. D. candidate in the Industrial Engineering Department working with Dr Simpson. He is currently working as a graduate assistant at ARL. He obtained his B.S. in Engineering Science and Mechanics from The Pennsylvania State University in 1995 and his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kentucky in 1999. His research interests include: Design and Analysis of Engineering Experiments and Engineering Decision Making.
Dan Jordan is a graduate student in the Aerospace Engineering department under Dr. Spencer. He recieved his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering here at Penn State as well. He is currently employed as a research assistant working on the ATSV project. His research interests include orbital dynamics and spacecraft design and analysis.
Ben Donaldson is a graduate student in Industrial Engineering at Penn State. He is currently working under Dr. Simpson on creating a product family for explosive ordinance disposal (EOD) robots in the military. His research interests include product design and visualization tools, as well as engineering education. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Systems Design from Olin College of Engineering in 2001.
David Wolf is a graduate student in the Mechanical Engineering department. He graduated from Bucknell University with a BS in Mechanical Engineering in 2007, and should graduate from Penn State with a MS in 2009. Starting Summer 2008 he will be working as a graduate student under Dr. Simpson. At Penn State David is also a member of the Club Racquetball team.
Jillian is an undergraduate in Penn State's Schreyers Honors College pursuing a double major in Engineering Science and German (engineering option) with a minor in Equine Science. She is also a member of the PSU Society of Women Engineers, PSU CHAPS Riding Club, and the Penn State Concert Choir.
Dan Carlsen was a graduate student in the Mechanical Engineering department. He obtained his undergraduate degree, a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, from Ohio State in 2006. He worked on the ATSV project as a research assistant under Dr. Simpson with an interest in engineering design.
Matthew Malone was a undergraduate student in the Mechanical Engineering Department working along side Dr. Simpson to complete his Schreyer Honors College thesis on the ATSV project.